Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Sugar Pie DeSanto sings a smoldering version of "Rock Me, Baby." She was born Umpeylia Balinton on October 16th, 1935, to an African American mother and Filipino father, and the great Johnny Otis nicknamed her Sugar Pie. Cool name, huh? She toured with Johnny's band, and with James Brown, and collaborated with another red hot mama, Etta James.

Jimi Hendrix plays his psychedelic acid rock take of "Rock Me, Baby" at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. What can you say about Hendrix? What can you say about those wacky threads and that funny cigarette he was smoking? You'd rather hear Chet Atkins?

Finally, some old guitar geezers, BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and Jimmy Vaughn, try their hand at "Rock Me, Baby." These oldtimers may sit down when they're playing, but they sure hit the right notes. That's about a thousand years of playing experience in those chairs, dude. Bow down.

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